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[*] The research for this paper was supported by a grant from Language Learning. I thank Anggit Mustikaningrum, John Verhaar, Nigel Vincent and John Wolff for their helpful comments on earlier drafts of this paper.  I am using the terms 'deletion' and 'demotion' here for descriptive convenience; there is considerable disagreement among theoretical linguistics in terms of exactly how these intransitive constructions should be derived, and this is not a question I am addressing in the present paper.  As pointed out in Mithun (1984), object incorporation is just one example of noun incorporation; I mention it particularly here because it shares with agent incorporation (the topic of this paper) the property of intransitivizing the verb.
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